Residents of the Sioux City area will soon have a new option in higher education. Classes start in ten days at the new College Center at South Sioux City. The school’s first building was dedicated last week.
College President Bill Path says the Industrial Training Building will hold classes in drafting and industrial tech programs.
“We’ve been working on the project to have a stronger presence for about seven years now, so this is really quite a milestone for us to have our first permanent building in South Sioux City,” Path says. “This’ll be the first of many, as I predict.”
The second building is due to open in the Spring of 2011. Path says this is a first-of-its-kind effort in higher education to share partnership 50-50 between two entities: Northeast Community College of Norfolk, and Wayne State College in Wayne.
“The College Center, the main building in Sioux Sioux City, will be owned and operated by both institutions jointly,” Path says, “and the freshman-sophomore courses will all be offered by Northeast and all the junior-senior level courses will be offered by Wayne State.” Also, Northeast will offer all of the industrial and vocational classes while Wayne State will offer the graduate-level courses.
The facilities are on a 57-acre site donated by the South Sioux City Community Development Agency. Path says they expect steady growth in what he’s calling a “commuter campus.”
“We are not planning dormitories in our development,” Path says. “We are not planning sports arenas or bell towers or anything like that. It’s really a no-frills operation. It’s designed for busy students who have jobs or who are commuters and need to find quick access to classes on days, evenings and weekends. That’s what we plan on offering.”
As the numbers grow, he says, so will the number of classes and facilities. Classes begin at the Industrial Training Building on August 16th.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton